Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific), we'll be playing The Golf Club from HB Studios. The Golf Club is the most serious golf sim available on Xbox One, with unique asynchronous multiplayer and a powerful course editor. We want you guys there, chatting along. So we're giving out five Xbox One codes, plus several Playstation 4 and Steam codes!
Update: The stream has ended. Congrats to the winners and many thanks to our gracious donors! Read on to see us play The Golf Club and Forza Horizon 2: Storm Island!
The Golf Club
Whereas Powerstar Golf is an arcade-style golf game, The Golf Club is very much a realistic golf sim. Instead of stopping meters to adjust the strength of your stroke, you'll swing with the right- or left-analog stick. Pull the stick down to wind up, and then push it up to whack the ball. The straighter your motion, the more accurate your shot will fly.
The game includes a variety of studio-created "official" courses as well as user-created courses! That's the big draw here, making your own courses and playing other people's courses as well. The course creator lets you select from several terrain types, adjust water level, tree density, overall difficulty, and the number of holes.
The Golf Club supports 4-person local multiplayer and well as asynchronous online multiplayer. Online-wise, the in-game friend feed constantly updates with your friends' actions. At any time, you can jump in and challenge the other player on a course that he or she played. You just go through the course like normal, but you'll also see your friend's actions alongside you. It feels like real-time multiplayer, except that you can't chat with each other unless you're in a party.
Despite some rough edges, the Golf Club is a fun golf game. Few games in this genre can compete with the quantity of courses on offer, nor do they tend to let players make their own. The great asynchronous multiplayer features add a lot to the experience as well. Check out our full impressions for more details.
- The Golf Club – Xbox One – 2 GB – $34.99 – Xbox.com Link
- The Golf Club – Steam – $34.99 – Steam Link
We'll be streaming The Golf Club for one hour tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 11 game codes:
- 5 for Xbox One
- 3 for Playstation 4
- 3 for Steam
To enter, just follow me at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!
What's the best way to experience Twitch? If you don't have a PC, you can get the Xbox One or Xbox 360 Twitch app and watch from the comfort of your couch. Or grab the unofficial app Livegaming for Windows Phone. It has plenty of great features, including the ability to chat along with your fellow viewers. Unfortunately you'll have to add our channel to your favorites from the Twitch website, outside of the app.
I'll be available for a few minutes before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, I'd love for you to tune in to future streams. For now, we'll do one every weekend, with a few non-contest streams throughout the week.
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekly Twitch streaming contests? Here's our upcoming schedule:
- Saturday, February 7 : Fibbage from Jackbox Games - Play along with us during the stream!
- Saturday, February 14 : Guacamelee from Drinkbox Studios
- Saturday, February 21 : Chariot from Frima Studio
In addition to our Saturday contest streams, we also livestream a variety of different games throughout the week. These streams don't have contests, but they still offer a great chance to see more exciting games while enjoying our live commentary and stream chat.
- Mondays: Playstation Vita games! See what the other side gets to play.
- Tuesdays: The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360. Catch up on The Witcher saga before The Witcher 3 launches in May!
- Wednesdays: Xbox One games. We'll announce these games on the site every Wednesday.
- Thursdays: Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox One. Paid for by generous viewers of the stream!
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
Congratulations to the following future golfing champions!
- Lilfrier (Keith Wallace)